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Independent Printing Press for Independent Media in Timor-Leste

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Approved budget: 
US$36 300.00

This project will see the establishment of the first printing house in Dili, Timor-Leste, owned by a group of independent newspapers. A key investment, the printing press will profoundly alter independent media in Timor-Leste's prospects for sustainability. The printing house will strengthen press freedom in this new nation given one of its main objectives will be to support independent media unable to afford the prices and terms of the existing commercial printing houses in Timor-Leste. Independent publications (existing and new) will be able to forward their publications to the new printing press for printing at an affordable cost. Through this project, a more competitive media environment will appear in Timor-Leste. The group of independent publications is of the conviction that independent production is necessary to consolidate freedom of expression and newspapers' editorial independence. By reducing the cost of printing independent publications will also be able to afford to make their papers more affordable, thus increasing the number of East Timorese with access to news and information.

Project details
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Budget code: 
354 TIM 5082

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Beneficiary name: 
Timor Post, the Dili Weekly, Kla'ak, Group of Independent Press and East Timorese Communities

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Location and contacts
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Arya Usis Gunawan,;

UNESCO Field Office:

Project contacts: 

Otelio Ote, Director of the Dili Weekly,;

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Follow-up and achievments
Summary of the project implementation: 

A second-hand printing press machine has been procured through careful selection in November 2009. The machine's brand is Heidelberg (serial number: 515950). It has been operated and set up in an independent printing house that run and managed by The Dili Weekly, Timor Post and Kla'ak in collective manner. They have and will continue to ensure that the printing machine is used for the maximum benefit of the people and for the strength of the media organisations. A trainer has been assigned to train seven operators of printing press on printing techniques and maintenance for six months, from November 2009 until April 2010. The project contributes to the development of the mass media in Timor-Leste by allowing independent publications to achieve greater economic independence and independent production is necessary to consolidate freedom of expression and newspapers' editorial independence, which is a crucial requirement for press freedom.

Achieved outputs: 
An Independent Printing Press has been established and is now operational under a business model for a commercial printing house. The newspapers can now save up to US 500 in printing costs per edition. The Printing House is now open for other newspapers to join the independent Press Printing team.